Being in the market for a new TV is mixed blessing. On the one hand, the screen sizes of new models probably dwarf your aging or defunct set, and features like built-in internet connectivity and 4K resolution can change the way you watch video. Then again, there are far too many total options, features and technologies to quickly process, and asking advice from a big box salesperson is practically begging to be swindled.
Here, then, are the best televisions available right now. We tried to cover everything, from low-end models that perform surprisingly well, to a luxury choice suitable only for early adopters. And even as these choices become less current, their prices are bound to drop, making them just as viable (for at least another year).
Samsung UN65H8000AF 65-inch LED
Samsung's H8000 series TVs have a great feature, and a great gimmick. The feature is something everyone can get behind – since HD displays are really just dedicated computers, you have the option to upgrade this model's processor and related components down the line. There's no futzing with chips or video cards, though. You simply buy and connect a new Evolution Kit module (if you so choose). The gimmick, however, is something you have to see to appreciate. This full HD set, which happens to have gorgeous image quality, is curved, creating a more immersive, peripheral-vision-filling experience. [$3000; samsung.com]